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June '18

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • June 2018 • 55 11). It's a quick fix, but it works to better anchor the new content to the image. The final image shows the compos- ited figure as if he had always been there (see Figure 12). Compositing Tips Take care when choosing content. Be sure that the light sources are similar in both images. Pay attention to the details when selecting content. Be sure to include everything that is relevant in your initial selection and then some. It's much easier to eliminate content by masking than it is to include elements that you neglected. Feather the edges of your selections one or two pixels for better transitions. Use a soft-edge brush on your layer masks when and reduce the size and opacity of the brush to blend adjacent areas. Correct color of the new content so that it perfectly matches the original document. Standard Practice The techniques shown here are standard practice for salvaging images and I'm sure you'll find them useful. Compositing can be a lifesaver and sooner or later everyone needs to accu- rately combine the content of two or more images. Of course, it's always better to get the "money shot" the first time, but in the real world that rarely happens. SDG Figure 8: The initial shot of a group of artists. Figure 9: The results of the second photo shoot where the missing art- ist is standing in the location where he will ultimately be placed. Figure 10: The new content layer with the missing artist was dragged and dropped into the document and layer's opacity was reduced to fifty percent to size and posi- tion it. Figure 11: Add a slight shadow with the burn tool to darken the areas that contact the ground. Figure 12: The final image shows the composited figure as if he had always been there.

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